Saint Louis University School of Law,
J.D., magna cum laude, 1993
Editor and Member, Saint Louis University Law Journal
Order of the Woolsack
University of Missouri-St. Louis,
B.A., magna cum laude, 1971
American Bar Association
Sections of Taxation and Labor Law
The Missouri Bar
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Employee Benefits Committee Chair, 1998-2001
Employee Benefits Association of St. Louis
WEB Network of Benefits Professionals
Bethesda Health Group, Inc.
Charter Communications, Inc.
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2001-Present
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005-2006, 2009-2013
Named Lawyer of the Year for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law in St. Louis by Best Lawyers® (2012)
Thompson Coburn LLP
Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel and Hetlage
May Department Stores Company, 1974-1990
Left as Vice President, Compensation and Benefits
Ruth counsels clients on all issues related to the design, implementation, qualification and administration of defined benefit pension plans, 401(k) plans and welfare plans; executive compensation; stock option and other incentive compensation plans.
She works directly with senior HR professionals at major regional and national companies with hundreds of thousands of employees, providing clear, comprehensive guidance on day-to-day questions about employee benefits. Ruth has extensive experience with plans for entities in the health care industry, including tax-exempt organizations and church plans.
In recent years, she has assisted health care attorneys working with clients that directly contract with major companies to provide health care services, and provided advice on ERISA group health plan requirements and other compliance issues.
She also provides counsel on employee benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions and in ERISA litigation.
Before pursuing a career in law, Ruth worked for 16 years in the human resources department of a major national retailer, including seven years as Vice President, Compensation and Benefits, where she managed pension and 401(k) plans, executive benefits, deferred comp plans, equity plans, and job classification and performance review matters. From this experience, Ruth understands the specific concerns of HR professionals, and offers practical, highly responsive counsel that supports their departments and helps corporate leadership achieve their goals.
"Health Care Reform: Are You Really, Really Ready?";
Employee Benefits Association of St. Louis, September 2013
"Domestic Partner Updates: Review of Tax Issues and Consequences of the Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling";
St. Louis Chapter of the Worldwide Employee Benefits Network, July 2013